When the NHS is found lacking, think “Vive La France!”

eiffel tower, love, hands

A constant burning pain in my chest woke me from a deep sleep around 5 a.m. I got up and walked to the bathroom, tripping over my suitcase and wakening my sleeping wife. Standing in the bathroom I hoped the pain might lessen but it stubbornly remained. I had had some chest pain and was breathless walking back from the restaurant the evening before. Biarritz has a steep incline up from its roaring surf beaches but the pain had eased …

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The tricky decision of whether or not to take Statins…

I came to statin treatment in a bizarre way.  I went to my bank to arrange a loan and having agreed to the amount the bank asked for additional life cover.   The life assurance company, in view of my advancing years (I was 48), required a medical and everything came back tip-top except my cholesterol level that weighed in at a handsome yet shocking 9.2 (average is 5.2).   I was put on a statin and a decision on the life …

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The Modern Management of Heart Attacks

A heart attack, or myocardial infarction, is an interruption of the arterial blood flow to the heart. Untreated, it will lead to the death of part of the muscle of the heart. The heart is supplied by blood from two smallish arteries, the coronary arteries; a blockage in one of these is a heart attack. The blockage is caused by a clot or ‘thrombus’ forming on a ‘plaque’ of cholesterol in the artery. Symptoms are classically pain in the centre …

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